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Woman on a mission to rescue street dogs in Jordan

Rodica Athamneh plays with dogs in the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection in Aqaba, Jordan June 16, 2019. When Athamneh walks into the animal shelter she founded, dozens of dogs jump joyfully around her, almost knocking her over. The shelter, Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal protection, houses close to 400 dogs rescued from the streets of the Jordanian city of Aqaba. Some are taken in because they were abused or sick, others as a result of complaints from frightened residents.

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Rodica Athamneh plays with dogs in the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection in Aqaba, Jordan June 16, 2019. When Athamneh walks into the animal shelter she founded, dozens of dogs jump joyfully around her, almost knocking her over. The...more

Rodica Athamneh plays with dogs in the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection in Aqaba, Jordan June 16, 2019. When Athamneh walks into the animal shelter she founded, dozens of dogs jump joyfully around her, almost knocking her over. The shelter, Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal protection, houses close to 400 dogs rescued from the streets of the Jordanian city of Aqaba. Some are taken in because they were abused or sick, others as a result of complaints from frightened residents. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Rodica Athamneh checks the dogs at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. "There is a fear of animals in Jordan, it's almost a phobia, people don't like being close to - not only dogs but also cats - they are frightened of them," said Athamneh.

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Rodica Athamneh checks the dogs at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. "There is a fear of animals in Jordan, it's almost a phobia, people don't like being close to - not only dogs but also cats - they are frightened of them," said...more

Rodica Athamneh checks the dogs at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. "There is a fear of animals in Jordan, it's almost a phobia, people don't like being close to - not only dogs but also cats - they are frightened of them," said Athamneh. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Rodica Athamneh and another volunteer carry dogs after they underwent surgery. Athamneh, who was born in Romania but has lived in Jordan for more than 35 years, said she founded the shelter in 2013 to provide a safe space for the animals. "Through the creation of this shelter we want to decrease the number of stray dogs, neuter them so that they won't reproduce, and at the same time provide an appropriate place for them to live comfortably, where they can have food and protection," she said.

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Rodica Athamneh and another volunteer carry dogs after they underwent surgery. Athamneh, who was born in Romania but has lived in Jordan for more than 35 years, said she founded the shelter in 2013 to provide a safe space for the animals. "Through...more

Rodica Athamneh and another volunteer carry dogs after they underwent surgery. Athamneh, who was born in Romania but has lived in Jordan for more than 35 years, said she founded the shelter in 2013 to provide a safe space for the animals. "Through the creation of this shelter we want to decrease the number of stray dogs, neuter them so that they won't reproduce, and at the same time provide an appropriate place for them to live comfortably, where they can have food and protection," she said. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Rodica Athamneh and another volunteer prepares food for the dogs. The shelter also gives talks around the city about the importance of animal welfare, hoping that with more awareness, they will be able to limit the incidents of animal abuse.

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Rodica Athamneh and another volunteer prepares food for the dogs. The shelter also gives talks around the city about the importance of animal welfare, hoping that with more awareness, they will be able to limit the incidents of animal...more

Rodica Athamneh and another volunteer prepares food for the dogs. The shelter also gives talks around the city about the importance of animal welfare, hoping that with more awareness, they will be able to limit the incidents of animal abuse. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Rodica Athamneh carries a puppy while giving him a vaccination. Athamneh had to overcome several obstacles to make this initiative happen. Although she was given a plot of land by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, she had to raise funds for running the space on her own. Most of the support the shelter receives is from individual donors, who can either choose to adopt an animal, or donate directly to their programs.

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Rodica Athamneh carries a puppy while giving him a vaccination. Athamneh had to overcome several obstacles to make this initiative happen. Although she was given a plot of land by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, she had to raise funds for...more

Rodica Athamneh carries a puppy while giving him a vaccination. Athamneh had to overcome several obstacles to make this initiative happen. Although she was given a plot of land by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, she had to raise funds for running the space on her own. Most of the support the shelter receives is from individual donors, who can either choose to adopt an animal, or donate directly to their programs. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Dr. Cornel Stoenescu performs surgery for a dog. The shelter receives occasional support from international initiatives. In June, two veterinarians from the Nomad Vet group paid a visit to the shelter to give a hand in treating and neutering the animals. "The purpose is to help in the shelter, this shelter here, to operate 100 dogs, to support the shelter, because it was very difficult for Mrs. Rodica to do all the things here," said Stoenescu.

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Dr. Cornel Stoenescu performs surgery for a dog. The shelter receives occasional support from international initiatives. In June, two veterinarians from the Nomad Vet group paid a visit to the shelter to give a hand in treating and neutering the...more

Dr. Cornel Stoenescu performs surgery for a dog. The shelter receives occasional support from international initiatives. In June, two veterinarians from the Nomad Vet group paid a visit to the shelter to give a hand in treating and neutering the animals. "The purpose is to help in the shelter, this shelter here, to operate 100 dogs, to support the shelter, because it was very difficult for Mrs. Rodica to do all the things here," said Stoenescu. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Dogs fight at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. Despite the support, Athamneh says she very often has to turn dogs away or let some loose, because the shelter is simply too overcrowded. Her goal is to one day be able to run the shelter without turning away any stray animals, providing them all with the housing and the protection they need.

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Dogs fight at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. Despite the support, Athamneh says she very often has to turn dogs away or let some loose, because the shelter is simply too overcrowded. Her goal is to one day be able to run the...more

Dogs fight at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. Despite the support, Athamneh says she very often has to turn dogs away or let some loose, because the shelter is simply too overcrowded. Her goal is to one day be able to run the shelter without turning away any stray animals, providing them all with the housing and the protection they need. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Rodica Athamneh carries a dog after it underwent surgery. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Rodica Athamneh carries a dog after it underwent surgery. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Rodica Athamneh carries a dog after it underwent surgery. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Rodica Athamneh plays with a dog at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Rodica Athamneh plays with a dog at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Rodica Athamneh plays with a dog at the Al Rabee Society for Nature and Animal Protection. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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